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Call-In, Write-In, E-Mail Campaign: Security Level Review Hearing


A cell block at Ohio State Penitentiary

In the month of July, Sean goes up for a security level review. This gives him the opportunity to drop from level 4B to 4A and get out of solitary confinement. These are some guidelines for anyone who feels moved to call, write, or e-mail his Case Manager Scott Nowak to encourage his lowered status:


Scott Nowak
Case Manager, D-Block

Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitville-Hubbard Rd
Youngstown,Ohio 44505

(330) 743-0700 ext. 2437 scott.


Sean has suggested a few talking points…

“First, a list of things not to say:

1) Don’t mention that you are naked and that your in the OSP Parking lot…waiting

2) Don’t talk about your gun collection

3) Don’t refer to prison staff as “fuckweasels” “assclowns” “fascists” “pigs” or “turds”

That pretty much covers what not to say.

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Radio Essay: Calling Gary Mohr

mohrThis originally aired on The Final Straw radio show.
Director Mohr? If you are there pick up the phone. Director Mohr? This is Sean Swain, calling you from the Super-Duper Max…. You know the guy who exposed how your sell-out policy for Jpay mega-profits was illegal? Yeah. You had my communication blocked for eight weeks to stop my participation in the Final Straw radio show….apparently somebody at your office there figured out how to use the interweb and discovered that I was still telling the truth about you from the Super-Duper Max, so you pulled the plug on me? Well, I’m back on the phone now. I wish you would pick up <sigh> No? You’re just gonna hide under your desk and pretend like your not there?
Okay. I guess I’ll just leave you a long message to play back. Read more »

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Radio Essay: In Support of James Kilgore

This originally aired on The Final Straw radio show.

Have you heard about the case of adjunct professor James Kilgore at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign? Kilgore is an interesting guy. In the early 1970′s, he was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, which makes him a personal hero of mine. The SLA was an urban guerrilla faction that robbed banks, kidnapped Patty Hearst, and- along with the Weather Underground- effectively brought an end to the Vietnam War. As one demand for the release of Patty Hearst, the SLA had Hearst’s father, the publishing magnate, deliver millions of dollars in free food to the inner-city poor of Oakland.
There is a PBS documentary called “Guerrilla”about the SLA it’s inspiring.
Starting in 1975, Kilgore went underground and lived overseas until 2002. Kilgore came back to the U.S. and plead guilty to possession of explosives from 1975 and to passport fraud. He served six years in prison and since 2010, Kilgore has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois in Urbana, teaching classes on Urban Planning and Global Studies. Read more »

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